Three WINNERS have been selected in the Jim Beam "Bourbonqueing Cook-Off" contest, a nationwide search for the best barbecue entree recipes featuring Jim Beam® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Grand Prize Winner:
Rick Szekely
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"Beamicued Shrimp"

Second Place:
Bob Gadsby
Great Falls, Montana
"Lemony Bourbon-Basted Barbecued Bass"

Third Place:
Alejandro Singer
Seattle, Washington
"Alejandro's Fiery Beam Steaks with Cooling Salsa"

The finalists were flown to Bardstown to prepare their original recipes at the home of Booker Noe, master distiller emeritus and grandson of Jim Beam. Winners were announced at a backyard barbecue and awards reception immediately following the judging. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000. Additional cash prizes will be awarded to second and third place winners. "Adding a splash of Jim Beam will make a good barbecue recipe great," says Booker Noe, "It's a tradition that was passed down to me by my parents and grandparents, just like the recipe for our 203-year-old Jim Beam Bourbon."

Earlier this year, Jim Beam invited barbecue enthusiasts and bourbon connoisseurs to submit their best barbecue entree recipes made with Jim Beam bourbon. Hundreds of recipes came in from all across America, each created with the spirit and tradition that embodies Jim Beam bourbon. Judges for the final cook-off included: Scott Fine, On the Grill editor-in-chief; Pat Dailey, Restaurants and Institutions managing editor and Chicago Tribune contributing writer; Joyce Rosencrans, Cincinnati Post food editor; Carolyn Wells, executive director of the Kansas City Barbecue Society; Booker Noe, master distiller emeritus, barbecue aficionado, and grandson of the legendary Jim Beam himself; and Marilyn "Toogie" Dick, owner of the Kurtz Restaurant in Bardstown and official caterer to Jim Beam.

Jim Beam Brands Co., the largest U.S.-owned producer of distilled spirits, markets more than 70 distilled spirits. These brands include Jim Beam® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the Small Batch Bourbon Collection TM, After Shock® Liqueur, Avalanche Blue Peppermint Schnapps, Jacob's Well®, the Original Micro Bourbon TM, Tangle Ridge® Double Casked TM; Blended Canadian Whisky, DeKuyper® Cordials and Liqueurs, Windsor® Imported Canadian Supreme Blended Whisky, Gilbey's® Gin and Vodka, Kessler® American Blended Whiskey, Kamora® Imported Coffee Liqueurs and Ronrico® Rum. Other products in the Beam line include Kamchatka® Vodka, Old Grand-Dad® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Wolfschmidt® Vodka, Lord Calvert® Imported Canadian Blended Whisky, the Leroux® line of cordials, Calvert® Gin and Calvert Extra® Blended American Whiskey and Pusser's® Rum. Jim Beam Brands Co. is an operating company of Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc., an international distilled spirits company. Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc. is an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: Fo), the consumer products company.

Make responsibility part of your enjoyment. Jim Beam ® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 40% Alc. Vol. ©1998 James B. Beam Distilling Co., Clermont, Kentucky

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